At 37, & # 39; Ray & # 39; Beltrán (35-7-1, 21 KOs) of Sinaloa, Mexico, feels the pressure to know that that time is against him. He has to achieve greatness against the best opponent in the division: José Pedraza.
As an experienced hunter, Beltran knows how to measure patience and manage the pressure. It was only in his 32 years that he got his first chance for a world title. Although the fight was a draw, most observers say that Beltran was deprived of that victory.
It took four years, eight fights and a lawsuit without a decision to finally become world champion. It was during that time that boxing was not the only thing he thought of, He also worried about his immigration status in the United States. He came to this country illegally when he was 16 years old. In recent years he has been able to fight due to temporary work visions in the hope of winning a world title that could qualify for a special exemption to stay in the United States.
The loss of his WBO world lightweight title to Jose Pedraza (24-1, 12 KOs) would only create a setback for Beltrán, and this is something that should not happen. His only focus at the moment, however, is to defeat Pedraza in his hometown Glendale, Arizona, on August 25th.
His opponent, Pedraza, 29, a native of Puerto Rico, He knows how it feels to have a world title. That comic lost it by knockout in the seventh round against Gervonta Davis on January 17th. The former world champion, however, guarantees that he will restore the scepter.
The winner of the fight, probably in December, will face Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) to unite the titles. Lomachenko is expected to return to the ring after undergoing surgery to recover the injury he sustained in his right shoulder during the second round of his clash with Jorge Linares for the lightweight world title on May 12.